~blinks~ err...what? not at all! sorry if my comments gave you that impression, or if I was a bit blunt. I know in that comment "I think it boils down to: just use a reference" may have been a bit blunt, but any frustration was just from not knowing how to explain. that's got nothing to do with you ~hugs~
couldn't be further from the truth. I'm always willing to explain things further (or attempt to) if I can.
nah. the mermaid piece was confusing - you couldn't really tell what was going on until you stared at it a minute. which fins go to whom, wait, what? ...and there was decent detail on the faces, but the detail of the fins was kind of thrown together, and weren't all that detailed...which is understandable given the time limit, but your detail work was implemented very well...as was the Loki piece. no confusion on either of those pieces, either.
so yeah, I was really expecting the mermaid piece to get third.
and yeah, I know what you mean it's kind of like saying "there's nothing else out there that matters but you."
aw. I thought you deserved higher than 3rd place. it was a tough call between yours and the loki one for which I thought should be first. (loki won out solely b/c I'm a sucker for starting on a dark canvas and adding the highlights - the inverse of how it's normally done, y'know?)
you know, I liked your use of space, but at the same time, I guess it was lacking something (so says everyone that's commented on it, anyway - I guess I'm an oddball for liking it as much as I do). maybe rays of light or clouds or something would've helped it some? and/or added to the mood a bit? what do you think?